The rise of Asia in the fire market

Exports from China rose 3.3 percent from a year earlier to USD 221.5 billion in July 2019, defying market expectations of a 2 percent drop and following a 1.3 percent decline in…

NSW recognition of FPAS to build community confidence

Ensuring industry competence is one of Fire Protection Association Australia’s (FPA Australia) key Strategic Directions, and since its launch in 2013 the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) has been a primary vehicle with which FPA Australia has made progress in…

Cancer – The current epidemic in the fire service

More firefighters have been diagnosed with cancer in the last two years, then in the previous 10 years combined, sadly, one in three firefighters will die of cancer. With a minimum of nine Group 1 carcinogens in all fire, the…

AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ Conference and exhibition review

Over 4,000 practitioners, researchers, critical thinkers, international guests and delegates attended AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ Conference and Exhibition in Melbourne. This attendance figure was a record for the event. Australasia’s premier event for the fire and emergency management sector returned…

Johnson Controls was winner of the Best Exhibition Stand over 12m2.

Fire Australia 2019 – The largest dedicated fire protection event in the Southern Hemisphere

The Fire Australia Conference and Tradeshow 2019 attracted more than 1500 visitors across three days on 14-16 May, offering delegates access to local and international expert speakers, exclusive off-site tours of fire protection facilities, a view of the latest products…

FireDos – Stands out as a specialist for monitors and proportioners for firefighting

The Germany-based company FireDos has become an established specialist in the field of designing and manufacturing high-quality foam proportioners and monitors for firefighting worldwide. “About 20 years ago, we were the first company to develop a proportioning concept for firefighting…

China Fire – More than 2,000 fire products submitted to the expo website

There are only days left before the opening of China Fire 2019 on October 16 in Beijing. Asia Pacific Fire magazine is working with the China Fire Committee to get first-hand information on the progress of this event. This update…

Remote-controlled fire monitors for fixed firefighting systems

The requirement for automated firefighting is continuously increasing. Remote-controlled monitors, especially in combination with automated fire detection, allow a targeted but flexible firefighting operation in limited areas. The technical development in the field of drive engineering, sensor technology and control…

Live investigations of false fire alarms

Fire detection and fire alarm systems (FDFAS) are used to provide early warning of fire in order to alert the local Fire and Rescue Service (FRS). FRS attendance at fires saves lives, prevents injury and reduces associated property damage costs.…

Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms.

An Interview with Roger Startin

Roger Startin is Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms, a leading manufacturer of PPE for firefighters around the world. In this article, Asia Pacific Fire finds out more about his 37 years with the company. Asia Pacific Fire: How did…

Continued commitment to the fire protection industry

The fire sector remains a key area of operation for Standards Australia, with the publications in this industry aimed at ensuring professionals are equipped to do their job with confidence. The work of Standards Australia and our contributors from the…

A tool to understand large buildings in an emergency

Locatrix (previously Concept Safety Systems) is a technology inventor, partnering with first responders and emergency industry professionals to help Government, corporations, property owners and managers alike to achieve breakthrough standards in protecting occupants and visitors in and around buildings. We…

Revelation of fire rated ducts

Smoke kills more people in fire than heat, flames or structural collapse every year. Often, smoke incapacitates so quickly that it reduces the oxygen level or replaces it with other toxic gases causing a respiratory hazard to its victim, either…

Hard hitting nozzle types – Fact from fiction

Task Force Tips has engineered a test method to accurately measure the impact of a fire stream. Which nozzles hit hardest? “A fire stream can be defined as a stream of water or other extinguishing agent after it leaves the…

In demanding environments with high ceilings, VFD solutions can detect a starting fire within seconds.

Video-based fire detection

Most of today’s fire alarm systems use a variety of smoke detection technologies to detect fires. These include spot-type ionization and photoelectric detectors, aspirating smoke detectors and beam-type smoke detectors. In some application, planners also use beam smoke detectors, flame…

Relay pumping – Large diameter hose, the only way forward

The art of moving any volume of water over a long distance in firefighting operations is both time consuming in the setup and heavily weighted towards a large number of resources and skilled operators… if you’re not using LDH (Large…

Automation: saving money, staff and lives

When repetitive, time-consuming tasks are automated, Australia’s vital fire and rescue staff are free to do what they do best – keep the public safe. In the Australian environment, fire and rescue operations provide a vital and longstanding service to…

Data center fire protection: ensuring business continuity

The occurrence of a fire in a data center can lead to business interruption (“downtime”) costs in the hundreds of thousands of US dollars. According to the most recent Ponemon Institute report, the average cost of a data center outage…

Australian emergency management skills adapted to the Pacific environment

Officers in the Australian Emergency Services have an incident management skill set that makes them valuable assets not just in Australia but also overseas, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. They bring experience, systems, structure and methodology that when combined with…

Solar image showing loop-like magnetic field structure erupting from the sun carrying ionised gas.

Space weather: The modern natural hazard

Since the dawn of the ‘Space Age’ in the late 1950s, we have become increasingly susceptible to space weather as we have grown more reliant on electrical grids, satellite navigation, space infrastructure, and radio and wireless communications. But while there…

Planning for catastrophe: an all-hazards nationwide approach

Most emergency management effort is focused on preparation for routine emergencies. But Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research, through Risk Frontiers, Macquarie University and the Australian Natural University is going beyond the day-to-day to get Australia ready for catastrophic emergencies.…

SAR in action: Deep cave rescue

A caver, who has suffered multiple injuries after a fall, is trapped approximately 300 metres deep in the Ellis Basin cave system on Mount Arthur. A full-scale cave search and rescue is launched, with cave teams tasked to locate the…

Putting an end to bullying and harassment in the fire service

Bullying and harassment. These two words have become quite the buzzwords in recent years. Back when I was younger, it seemed the general reaction when these occurred was to look the other way, that this is the way things are.…

Safer, more affordable homes with new sprinkler requirements

With the implementation of the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 on 1 May, the safety of Australia’s medium-rise residential buildings turned a corner. For the first time, new residential buildings over three storeys and under 25 metres in effective height…

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